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Did You Know… Time Standards Brought About By Railroads

e*Train Issue: Apr 2002   |   Posted in:

by B&O Railroad Museum Did you know that time zones in our country were created to help the railroads run smoothly? Learn the story behind time standardization and its impact on trains, travel, and the clock industry. On display will be rare timepieces from renowned, private collectors and authorities. Bring in your own antique clocks and timepieces for evaluation by experts.

Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) Railroad Museum
901 West Pratt Street

Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7, 2002 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Comprising the oldest, most comprehensive collection of railroad history in the Western Hemisphere, the B&O Railroad Museum is a unique cultural and educational asset for the City of Baltimore and the nation. An unparalleled roster of 19th and 20th century railroad equipment, original shop buildings, and historic Mt. Clare Station provide an integrated resource to present many aspects of American railroad development and its impact on our society, culture, and economy. The B&O collections date back to the founding of the B&O Railroad in 1827 and include historic buildings, over 200 pieces of rolling stock, 15,000 small artifacts, 20,000 photographs, assorted fine art and a research library facility.

In 1999, the Smithsonian Institution honored the B&O Railroad Museum with full affiliate status-the only railroad museum in the nation to receive this distinction.

Now through July 2003, the B&O Railroad Museum will host a national celebration commemorating the 175th anniversary of railroading in America. Entitled 175 Years: America On Track, the celebration will include special exhibitions, lectures, symposia, a rail excursion and special events for families, children, railroad enthusiasts and visitors from around the world interested in America’s heritage. This 16-month celebration culminates with The Fair of the Iron Horse 175; a 10-day pageant of rare locomotives and citywide festival at Carroll Park in July 2003.

For more information and admission prices, the general public can call 410-752-2490 or log on to and click on to the 175 Years: America On Track logo.

Jeffrey Trueman
Director of Marketing
B&O Railroad Museum
901 West Pratt Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21223